A week of festivals begins around the city.
There isn’t one way to define the Duke City’s diverse identity, so the best way to celebrate what we are all about may be with dozens of events and festivals. During one busy week, a variety of community organizers come together under one umbrella to showcase how vital art, technology and culture are in Albuquerque.
That’s right, Umbrella Week is back for its second year, promoting Albuquerque’s creative and technology scene.
The concentration of mini-festivals kicks off with the eclectic All Kinds Festival on Friday, Sept. 9 and continues until Sunday, Sept. 18 with a variety of events including live music, art galleries, seminars, interactive art, and an adult Dinosaur Jungle carnival, all happening in and around Downtown Albuquerque.
Julia Youngs, co-chair of Emerge Albuquerque and co-organizer for Creative Mornings, two events held during Umbrella Week, said the week is designed to be a participatory event.
“All of our events really celebrate the work, the people, the art and the space of the city,” Youngs said. “Our focus is on taking people through the city in a different way.”
Jackie Riccio is one of the hundreds of artists who will be represented in some way during Umbrella Week. She is part of a collaboration by Humbird NM to create large-scale installations as a part of All Kinds Festival.
“I’m super interested in having people be able to interact within my work,” Riccio said. “It’s not a viewer – it’s an interactor, it’s a player, it’s a human.”
Umbrella Week began organically last year when the creative community developers behind Humbird and technology community developer Eric Renz-Whitmore noticed a lot of events happened to fall during the same week in September.
“We thought that if we put all of the coordinators of these events in a room, that something cool might happen,” co-founder of Humbird, Josh Stuyvesant said. “We sat down and let everyone do their magic. Everyone else has sort of taken the reins and done a wonderful job.”
Stuyvesant said the collaboration between art and technology at Umbrella Week is indicative of what is currently happening in the community.
“It’s kind of beautiful that all these organizers who are throwing these events around the same time have no sense of competition and instead have a great sense of community,” Stuyvesant said. “When a dialog happens between the people and the creatives in a city, then we create a very rich soil for growth. I think that’s where Albuquerque is – on the cusp of becoming something really big.”
For more information, visit umbrellaweek.org
Erika Eddy is a freelance arts and entertainment reporter. Reach her at email@example.com